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CP teacher and coach runs marathon in memory of student

2013-10-20T00:00:00Z CP teacher and coach runs marathon in memory of studentBy Kathy Lessner Times Columnist
October 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Congratulations to Joey Betz, a Colonel John Wheeler Middle School teacher and cross country/track coach. who ran the Chicago Marathon and placed 249 out of 45,000 runners.

His time was 2 hours and 45 minutes, and he ran for Savvy Runners – an organization designed to raise money for Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Joey was inspired to run marathons by one of his Crown Point cross country runners who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008.

Sadly, Josh Prunsky died the following year. Joey has raised more than $10,000 in memory of Josh and for Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.

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Visit Haunted House

The Sheriff’s House Foundation, 226 S. Main St., Crown Point, hosts a Haunted House from 7 to 11 p.m. today and next weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $10.

This scary adventure is designed for children 12 years old to adult. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pumpkin Walk

Children will enjoy participating in the Pumpkin Walk downtown from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Children may dress up in costume or come as they are. They should bring a bag or Halloween container to collect candy as they walk and stop in the shops on the square, in the Old Lake Courthouse or at merchants just off the square.

This event is sponsored by the Lake Courthouse Foundation and the downtown merchants.

Photo fundraiser

Also Saturday, take the little ones to County Line Orchard, 200 S. County Line Road in Hobart, where Master Photographers Edda Taylor and William Eaton will be taking photos from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This fundraising event will benefit programs at St. Jude House shelter in Crown Point. Children are not required to wear costumes. Photo sittings are $25 and include two 5-by-7-inch and eight wallet size photos. Children in the same family may be photographed together. For more information, contact Joy Heminger at (219) 662-7066, ext. 17.

Halloween Egg Hunt

Crown Point resident children 8 and younger can participate in the Halloween Egg Hunt at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Crown Point Sportsplex.

Participants must call to register by Thursday. Call the parks office at (219) 661-2271.

Art show reception

The Crown Point Community Library has opened its first art exhibit, “First Impressions,” open through November featuring art by Crown Point High School teachers and students.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 122 N. Main St.

CPHS art teachers Karen Cox, Lindsay Cox, Dorothy Duffala and Lyndsey Sadler, and student artists, will discuss their artwork hanging in the hallway leading to the meeting rooms.

If you have news to share about happenings in Crown Point, contact Kathy at (219) 663-5389 or Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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Crown Point, Ind. 46307
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Police Department
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Crown Point, Ind. 46307
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Fire Department
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Crown Point, Ind. 46307
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Crown Point Community Schools
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Crown Point, Ind. 46307
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Crown Point Parks and Recreation
11065 Broadway, Suite F
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
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